Sunday, July 27, 2014

Singin' the Twos


Plant in threes, drifts of five , odd numbers, and so on.Plant trios are pleasing, not stuffy. Two plants create formality -one on each side of the path, the door, the gate-they are sentrys !  In JJ De Sousas Portland garden rules are broken..who needs rules anyway ?



 Lots of threes and fives going on here at the front door. Sometimes you break the rules, and sometimes you don't. Garden-makers privilege.







Sometimes there's just lots..as in JJ's splendid collection of succelents all lined up in matching black pots. The patine of aged concrete and brick and stone were a clever counterpoint to the slick contemporary touches.










 JJ is the proprietress of Digs inside and Out in Portland , read  Pam Penicks' excellent post on her shop here

17 comments:

  1. Who needs rules indeed! Sometimes two will do, looks good and feels right :)

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  2. That shot of her front door is fabulous!

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    1. Lots of fabulous areas in this garden Alison..

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  3. Great photos of JJ's garden, one of my very favorite.

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    1. That back garden must be a nice refuge on a normal PNW grey day or the chilly spring mornings.

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  4. Her color synchronicity certainly helps to pull things together regardless of the number of plants she uses. I use sets of 2 quite a bit myself but I can't say it comes off as well - it usually means that I like the plant a lot but I'm not sufficiently confident about growing it to buy more.

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    1. I feel better about buying in two's after seeing this garden. It certainly works ...

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  5. finally tackled this garden today too, and Loree's. Can't believe there's not a single foot or shoulder in your photos!

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    1. Oh Denise, I took so many crappy photos on this trip..weeding through them has been dispiriting I must say. I can crop out feet and shoulders but shots that are badly composed or out of focus are hard to fix ! I was having so much fun (in spite of the heat ) I let my concentration ebb. Maybe I'll have to go to Toronto after all ,just to redeem myself !

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  7. I plant many drifts of one...lol. But you're right, gardener gets to choose and rules are made to be broken. So the next blogger fling is in Toronto? Hmmm...

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    1. Yes indeed Sue, here's your big chance to try on Fling for size...there is a group of UK bloggers that are pondering Fling-ing across the pond !

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  8. JJ certainly has a talent for breaking the rules beautifully! I loved her garden. Isn't it amazing how every garden is different, reflects the personality of the gardener, and each is beautiful?

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    1. The quality of Fling gardens was so outstanding and so diverse !

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  9. I noticed JJ's twosies as well! How fun to see another post that points it out. I wish I'd thought to ask JJ whether she intentionally broke the odd-numbers "rule" or whether it just worked out that way. Thanks for the link love to my Digs post, by the way!

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    1. Your photos were fab Pam..it was a no brainer to link to it !

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